© 1990

Drinking Water Microbiology

Progress and Recent Developments

  • Gordon A. McFeters

Part of the Brock/Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience book series (BROCK/SPRINGER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Microbiology of Source Water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Terry C. Hazen, Gary A. Toranzos
      Pages 32-53
  3. Microbiology of Drinking Water Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Mark W. LeChevallier, Gordon A. McFeters
      Pages 104-119
    3. Gary S. Logsdon
      Pages 120-146
    4. Edwin E. Geldreich, Donald J. Reasoner
      Pages 147-167
    5. Malay Chaudhuri, Syed A. Sattar
      Pages 168-184
  4. Microbiology of Drinking Water Distribution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. A. Maul, A. H. El-Shaarawi, J. C. Block
      Pages 207-223
    3. E. van der Wende, W. G. Characklis
      Pages 249-268
  5. Pathogenic Organisms and Drinking Water

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Charles P. Hibler, Carrie M. Hancock
      Pages 271-293
    3. Donald A. Schiemann
      Pages 322-339

About this book


The microbiology of drinking water remains an important worldwide concern despite modem progress in science and engineering. Countries that are more technologically advanced have experienced a significant reduction in water­ borne morbidity within the last 100 years: This reduction has been achieved through the application of effective technologies for the treatment, disinfec­ tion, and distribution of potable water. However, morbidity resulting from the ingestion of contaminated water persists globally, and the available ep­ idemiological evidence (Waterborne Diseases in the United States, G. F. Craun, ed. , 1986, CRC Press) demonstrates a dramatic increase in the number of waterborne outbreaks and individual cases within the United States since the mid-1960s. In addition, it should also be noted that the incidence of water­ borne outbreaks of unknown etiology and those caused by "new" pathogens, such as Campylobaeter sp. , is also increasing in the United States. Although it might be debated whether these increases are real or an artifact resulting from more efficient reporting, it is clear that waterborne morbidity cannot be ignored in the industrialized world. More significantly, it represents one of the most important causes of illness within developing countries. Approxi­ mately one-half the world's population experiences diseases that are the direct consequence of drinking polluted water. Such illnesses are the primary cause of infant mortality in many Third World countries.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gordon A. McFeters
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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